Forum in Homer Thursday Night to Highlight Drug Abuse in the Community
Local substance abuse prevention agency Cortland Prevention Resources held a community forum Thursday night in Homer to help educate attendees on the latest drug trends in the community, with outreach they hope to help more people avoid substance abuse and seek help if they need.
Nearly 2 dozen residents attended the forum held at the Homer Fire Department Community building. The event featured a panel of speakers including Homer Police Chief Mark Helms, Cortland County Sheriff's Department Lt. Todd Caufield, Cortland County Coroner Whitney Meeker, and local parent Lisi Krull.
During the presentation attendees were shown the latest statistics involving youth drug and alcohol use in our community. The study shows that alcohol, marijuana, and cigarettes are among the most popular substances used by teens in Cortland County.
Presenters also discussed the sudden increase in meth production in the community as well as the growing problem of Heroin use.
Chief Helms says while the community does not see the volumes of drug problems that some larger city's face, small communities like Homer are not immune to these issues.
As a County Coroner, Meeker doesn't deal with drug's of drug users directly like members of the law enforcement community, she sees the end results of drug and alcohol abuse and is often the person that has to tell family members that their loved ones have died of overdoses or have been killed in accidents where drugs or alcohol were involved.
Kim McRae-Friedman Executive Director of Cortland Prevention Resources says, the idea of these forums is to help the community understand what's going on with the hope that more information will lead to an engaged public that can work to keep local youth away from drugs and alcohol and help those that are abusing drugs to break the cycle of addiction.